Data Infrastructure server storage I/O network Recommended Reading #blogtober

October 30, 2017 – 3:39 pm

server storage I/O data infrastructure trends recommended reading list

Updated 7/30/2018

The following is an evolving recommended reading list of data infrastructure topics including, server, storage I/O, networking, cloud, virtual, container, data protection and related topics that includes books, blogs, podcast’s, events and industry links among other resources.

Various Data Infrastructure including hardware, software, services related links:

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In addition to my own books including Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press 2017), the following are Server StorageIO recommended reading list items . The recommended reading list includes various IT, Data Infrastructure and related topics.

Intel Recommended Reading List (IRRL) for developers is a good resource to check out.

Duncan Epping (@DuncanYB), Frank Denneman (@FrankDenneman) and Neils Hagoort (@NHagoort) have released their VMware vSphere 6.7 Clustering Deep Dive book available at venues including This is the latest in a series of Cluster and deep dive books from Frank and Duncan which if you are involved with VMware, SDDC and related software defined data infrastructures these should be on your bookshelf.

Check out the Blogtober list of check out some of the blogs and posts occurring during October 2017 here.

Preston De Guise aka @backupbear is Author of several books has an interesting new site that looks at topics including Ethics in IT among others. Check out his new book Data Protection: Ensuring Data Availability (CRC Press 2017) and available via here.

Brendan Gregg has a great site for Linux performance related topics here.

Greg Knieriemen has a must read weekly blog, post, column collection of whats going on in and around the IT and data infrastructure related industries, Check it out here.

Interested in file systems, CIFS, SMB, SAMBA and related topics then check out Chris Hertels book on implementing CIFS here at

For those involved with VMware, check out Frank Denneman VMware vSphere 6.5 host resource guide-book here at

Docker: Up & Running: Shipping Reliable Containers in Production by Karl Matthias & Sean P. Kane via here.

Essential Virtual SAN (VSAN): Administrator’s Guide to VMware Virtual SAN,2nd ed. by Cormac Hogan & Duncan Epping via here.

Hadoop: The Definitive Guide: Storage and Analysis at Internet Scale by Tom White via here.

Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud by Brendan Gregg Via here.

Implementing Cloud Storage with OpenStack Swift by Amar Kapadia, Sreedhar Varma, & Kris Rajana Via here.

The Human Face of Big Data by Rick Smolan & Jennifer Erwitt Via here.

VMware vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deepdive (Vol. 1) by Duncan Epping & Frank Denneman Via here. Note: This is an older title, but there are still good fundamentals in it.

Linux Administration: A Beginners Guide by Wale Soyinka Via here.

TCP/IP Network Administration by Craig Hunt Via here.

Cisco IOS Cookbook: Field tested solutions to Cisco Router Problems by Kevin Dooley and Ian Brown Via here.

I often mention in presentations a must have for anybody involved with software defined anything, or programming for that matter which is the Niklaus Wirth classic Algorithms + Data Structures = Programs that you can get on here.

Seven Databases in Seven Weeks including NoSQL

Another great book to have is Seven Databases in Seven Weeks (here is a book review) which not only provides an overview of popular NoSQL databases such as Cassandra, Mongo, HBASE among others, lots of good examples and hands on guides. Get your copy here at

Additional Data Infrastructure and related topic sites

In addition to those mentioned above, other sites, venues and data infrastructure related resources include: – Archiving and records management trade group – Various open-source software – Scott Lowe VMware Networking and topics – Ben Armstrong Hyper-V blog – Linux performance-related topics – Global network maps – Computer Measurement Group (CMG) – VMware technical community and resources – Various IT, cloud, and data infrastructure certifications – Cormac Hogan VMware and vSAN related topics – U.S. government cloud specifications – Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) – Ethernet industry trade group – Fibre Channel trade group – Various open-source solutions and projects

Intel Reading List – recommended reading list for developers – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – Internet Engineering Task Force – International Standards Organizations – Various IT and data infrastructure topics forums – VMware Fling additional tools and software – National Institute of Standards and Technology – NVM Express (NVMe) industry trade group – Various object and cloud storage items – Open Compute Project (OCP) servers and related topics – Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) – Open-fabric software industry group – Open Networking Foundation (ONF) – OpenStack resources – Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) trade group – Various IT, cloud, and data infrastructure topics – SCSI trade association (SAS and others) – Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) – Popular industry and data infrastructure podcast

Storage Bibliography – Collection of Dr. J. Metz storage related content – Microsoft TechNet data infrastructure–related topics – various NVMe and related tools, topics and links – Collection of various virtualization and related sites – various NVM, SSD, flash, 3D XPoint related topics, tools, links – Transaction Performance Council benchmark site – VMware User Groups (VMUG) – Chris Whal Networking and related topics – Duncan Epping VMware and related topics

Additional Data Infrastructure Venues

Additional useful data infrastructure related information can be found at BizTechMagazine, BrightTalk, ChannelProNetwork, ChannelproSMB, ComputerWeekly, Computerworld, CRN, CruxialCIO, Data Center Journal (DCJ), Datacenterknowledge, and DZone. Other good sourses include Edtechmagazine, Enterprise Storage Forum, EnterpriseTech,, FedTech, Google+, HPCwire, InfoStor, ITKE, LinkedIn, NAB, Network Computing, Networkworld, and nextplatform. Also check out Reddit, Redmond Magazine and Webinars, Spiceworks Forums, StateTech,, TechPageOne, TechTarget Venues (various Search sites, e.g., SearchStorage, SearchSSD, SearchAWS, and others),, TheVarGuy, Tom’s Hardware, and, among many others.

Where To Learn More

Learn more about related technology, trends, tools, techniques, and tips with the following links.

Additional learning experiences along with common questions (and answers), as well as tips can be found in Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials book.

Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials Book SDDC

What This All Means

The above is an evolving collection of recommended reading including what I have on my physical and virtual bookshelves, as well as list of web sites, blogs and podcasts worth listening, reading or watching. Watch for more items to be added to the book shelf soon, and if you have a suggested recommendation, add it to the comments below.

By the way, if you have not heard, its #Blogtober, check out some of the other blogs and posts occurring during October here as part of your recommended reading list.

Ok, nuff said, for now.


Greg Schulz – Microsoft MVP Cloud and Data Center Management, VMware vExpert 2010-2017 (vSAN and vCloud). Author of Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press), as well as Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press), Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier) and twitter @storageio. Courteous comments are welcome for consideration. First published on any reproduction in whole, in part, with changes to content, without source attribution under title or without permission is forbidden.

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